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Call for better preparations for extreme weather

“A new resilience plan is needed for the City” says Strategy chief Cllr Steve Galloway in the wake of 6 weeks of “terrible weather”.

“I’ll be asking Council officials to work with partners to ensure that the City can deal better with extreme weather conditions in the future.

While a lot of attention was given to the Councils own snow and icy clearing capacity during a review of processes last summer, many difficulties have been experienced by other public services as a result of consistently low temperatures.

There were numerous complaints about failed water supplies. Some were experienced as a result of failures in the Yorkshire Water main supply pipes while others were a result of vulnerable domestic systems.

Now we are seeing emerging problems with bust pipes as the temperature rises.

We will all be watching how the thaw affects river levels in the City over the next few days.

All public service providers need to ensure that they have the capacity to deal with the demands that may be placed on their services even during holiday periods. It is particularly important that 2 way communications with affected customers are maintained.

It certainly wasn’t easy to communicate with Yorkshire Water and some Housing Associations over the last week. All public service bodies need to introduce a system where electronic communications can be dealt with 24/7 when necessary.

I will be asking Council officials to review the water supply and heating supplies in Council properties and to ensure that we are able to deal quickly with faults affecting vulnerable residents.

It may be that we need to invest more in lagging supply pipes in some of our properties and initiatives like this should also form part of a general review of the winter arrangements”.

Council Christmas opening times

City of York Council offices will be closed over the Christmas period from Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January.

Council offices will close from 4pm on Christmas Eve (this Friday 24) and New Year’s Eve (Friday 31 December). Weather permitting the council will be providing a waste collection service on bank holidays. However, if refuse bins have not been collected as expected, residents can contact the council’s York Contact Centre on 01904 551551, between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 28 December and Monday 3 January.

 Out-of-hours and emergency contact numbers can be found at  www.york.gov.uk/ycc/emergencies/

Eco bus trials

Steve Galloway with Dave Alexander Managing Director of First buses

I was pleased to support the Council and First  Eco bus initiative launched today. A range of low emission buses will be trialled on the Designer Outlet park and ride route over the next few months. As well as one battery “fresh air” bus, 3 different types of hybrid vehicles will be tested.

These are very much likely to be the public transport that we will see in the future in the City and the Council is keen to get residents reactions.

One of the advantages of the vehicles is that they are more economic than conventional buses, generally quieter and – critically – emit fewer emissions, helping to address those roads which have air quality problems.

The trial will extend over 3 months and passengers will be asked to give their reaction by filling in a  short questionnaire.

Winter arrives

Dogs

Refuse collection has been suspended today following heavy snow falls. Most roads in Westfield are passable with care. List of local salt bins reproduced in alphabetical order of street below for convenience. (NB. The Stuart Road and Foxwood shops bins were missing today. We have asked for them to be replaced)

ASKHAM CROFT JCN WATERMAN COURT

ASKHAM GROVE END OF CUL DE SAC

ASKHAM LANE OUTSIDE NUMBERS 186 & 188

ASKHAM LANE AT THE ENT WESTFIELD SCHOOL

BACHELOR HILL NEAR NUMBER 12

BARKSTON AVENUE OUTSIDE NUMBER 26

BEECHWOOD GLADE OUTSIDE NUMBER 1

BRADLEY DRIVE AT THE SIDE OF NUMBER 25

BRAMHAM ROAD OUTSIDE SANDERSON COURT HOUSE

BRAMHAM ROAD OS NUMBER 8

CHANCERY COURT AT TOP OF CULDESAC BEFORE NO 1

CHAPELFIELDS ROAD JCN WITH MARTSON AVENUE

CORNLANDS ROAD OPPOSITE THE WHITE ROSE PUB

DANESFORT AVENUE JCN MIDDLETON ROAD

DIJON AVENUE ENTRANCE TO LOWFIELD SCHOOL

FIR HEATH CLOSE OUTSIDE NUMBER 5

FOXWOOD LANE JCN BEAGLE RIDGE DRIVE OS SHOPS

FOXWOOD LANE AT THE JUNCTION WITH ASKHAM LANE

FRONT STREET OUTSIDE VYNER HOUSE

FRONT STREET OUTSIDE LIBRARY

GALE FARM COURT OPPOSITE 23

GALE FARM COURT IN CAR PARK OFF FRONT STREET

GRANGE LANE OPPOSITE NUMBER 60

GROVE TERRACE JCN FRONT STREET

HOWE STREET JCN WITH SEVERUS STREET

KINGSTHORPE OPPOSITE NUMBERS 29 & 31

LINET WAY OPPOSITE NUMBERS 14 AND 16

OTTERWOOD LANE AT JUNCTION OPPOSITE NO.S 29 / 31

PARKER AVENUE JUNCTION WITH HOTHAM AVENUE

PHEASANT DRIVE OPPOSITE NUMBER 14

STUART ROAD NEAR ENTRANCE TO BIRCH COPSE

ST STEPHENS MEWS

TENNENT ROAD BETWEEN NUMBERS 56 & 61

VESPER DRIVE OUTSIDE 22

WOODFORD PLACE BETWEEN NUMBERS 4 AND 6

Grange Lane park playground

Play pulley

Responding to our survey 45% of respondents said that they favoured providing the play equipment in the Grange Lane park. 27% were unsure and 28% said the idea wasn’t for them.

The pulley (above)was the most popular piece of equipment with potential users (children aged between 8 and 13).

Consultation on detailed proposals will be held at Sanderson House community centre on Monday 13th December, 5:00pm 7.00pm.

Lidl store on Thanet Road

The store is expected open in February. Lidl have already advertised for staff.

The company won part of their planning appeal and will therefore be allowed to display two additional external signs on the building

The Hob Moor footpath access (to the former pool car park ) is being moved to a point adjacent to St James Place for safety reasons. A gate is being provided.

Grange Lane to ring road footpath to be cleared

The footpath link from Grange Lane to the ring road is to be reopened during the next week or so (precisely when may depend on the weather).

The route has become badly overgrown in recent years but came to public attention about a year ago when an attempt was made to establish it as a vehicle route.

This was resisted by the Council but it was decided that a Public Right of Way did exist and that walkers should be able to access the route.

Since then a local landowner has objected to the decision so a Public Inquiry may be held. In the meantime the Council will attempt to reopen the path as far as the ring road.